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ABC Rural Report August 2012

ABC Rural Report for Southern Queensland and Capricornia Wednesday the 29th of August 2012 Weengallon Pink Ladies Day another TriumphBy Arlie Felton-TaylorOrganisers of a bush charity event in Queensland’s southern inland have hailed the day as another immense success.

The 2012 Weengallon Pink Ladies Day ‘Vintage Pink’ was held 500 kilometres south west of Brisbane on the Barwon highway in between Talwood and Nindigully. It saw around 500 women hit the tiny town which usually has a population of zero; it’s all to support the St George branch of the Breast Cancer Association of Queensland and the Weengallon Kindy kids Event organiser Kellie Mitchell says they really wanted to reflect the history of the region and hoped the day was a salute to the past.

The annual bra art auction was again a highlight with all funds going to charity. Every year a selection of locals, renown artists and celebrities are asked to create a piece with a bra theme, the art is then auctioned under the marquee on the day. This year the bidding was fierce with the record price broken not once but twice! The Rugby League team, the Brisbane Bronco’s created a bra that made $1450 but that price was bettered when Janelle Kerr’s art was put under the hammer.

Janelle Kerr works at Rabobank in Goondiwindi and she created the art in honour of her mother who had breast cancer. The Kerr piece ‘cups of hope’ was bought for $2100 by St George business couple Graham and Helen Wippell and the art will hang in room four of the Olive McMahon Lodge, a purpose-built Cancer Council facility for cancer patients. The food served at the remote event was yet again was a feature, especially considering the number of guests and limited facilities not to mention the sheer distance from major centres.

Much care and thought goes into what’s on the menu according to local lady Lisa Southern, who has been involved since the Pink Ladies Day started a dozen years ago. Ladies in the Pink at Bush Charity EventTuesday, 28th August 2012 by Arlie Felton-Taylor A bush charity event in Queensland’s southern inland has swollen the population of one tiny town from zero to about 500, all in the name of charity, a few cheeky drinks and a laugh.

The 2012 Weengallon Pink Ladies Day, ‘Vintage Pink’, supports the St George branch of the Breast Cancer Association of Queensland and the Weengallon Kindy kids. The settlement is located nearly 500 kilometres south-west of Brisbane on the Barwon Highway, between Talwood and Nindigully.

Former Olympian and breast cancer survivor Raelene Boyle spoke at the event and had a couple of messages to share. “You can be gifted at something, but it really doesn’t make you a good person; it’s what you do with your whole life that makes a big difference and I hope the athletes of today think about that,” she said. “Also, about getting involved in things; community is strong in this country.”